At the age of 27, I had never seen a mountain range before. I’d never seen something so massive that it made me feel so small. From the moment we landed in Anchorage, the mountains instantly took my breath away. Donald Miller writes in A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, “I wondered at all this exposition God had created, as though it were an invitation to an epic so grand it might match the scenery. The mountains themselves call us into a greater story.” I didn’t know what that meant until I arrived in Alaska. Each place we visited was more beautiful than the next. I didn’t want to stop looking out at creation in fear that I would miss something. My favorite view: when the sun beamed out through a break in the clouds and reflected so brightly off the peaks of snowy, white mountain tops you couldn’t help but smile. On our drive to the small town of Sutton, one of our home bases for the next two weeks, we were told the story of a conversation between a woman and some students on the trip the previous year. They asked her, “Does the beauty of Alaska ever get old?” Her response: “It doesn’t get old, but sometimes, I get so busy that I forget to look up.” And right then and there, we had found our trip motto. Don’t forget to look up. Keep your eyes up.Read more
Hey folks, I am Jillian (mostly Jill, but sometimes not) and Anna so graciously invited me to compile some thoughts to share, and I am so honored. She very specifically told me to write about anything, so I had to spend some time fulfilling this precise request. Also, can we get a little rowdy for how awesome this blog is?! Put your hands in the air for Anna!Read more
Hello! My name is Ben.
Anna told me I could write whatever I want on here, so I hope you find my, “Top 50 Dad Jokes,” list insightful and worthwhile.
In all seriousness, thank you, Anna, for inviting me to be your guest here. I remember listening to you tell me your vision for this blog the last time I was down in Nashville. I’m so glad you made it. It’s been a pleasure to read, and I’m honored that you thought of me to contribute.Read more